But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 2 Timothy 3:1-7
Self-love: “Inordinate regard for self to the neglect of others and indifference to their needs. In narcissism the attention is centered on the body, especially sexual self-satisfaction.” They have a need to be kept amused, entertained like little children now too..
“Pathological narcissism is characterized by at least five of the following characteristics:
A need for constant attention and admiration
A sense of entitlement
Interpersonally exploitative (i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends)
Lack of empathy (is unwilling or unable to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others)
Envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
An arrogant and haughty behavior or attitude
A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
A belief that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people”
Most Marriage today now tend to tend be narcissistic with the spouses still mostly seeking constant admiration or success to fill their voids. For some reasons like the job stress, alcoholism, drug abuse, mental illness, lack of spiritual maturity, physical disability, lack of parenting skills, self-centered immaturity, etc. the narcissistic family revolves around getting the parents’ desires and needs met rather than also meeting the needs of the children. The Biblical pattern of parents meeting their children’s needs is reversed here.. Jesus Christ himself does not fit into their family still..
“Narcissists are proud and they are sinful—as we all are. But they aren’t just proud and just sinful. Pathological narcissism is a personality style that is deeply rooted in the structure of the entire personality from the first few years of life. It too often still cannot be overcome by simply confessing one’s sins but not committing to change. For many Growing out of narcissism is a long, slow, difficult, hardship filled life painful process that may take years. As “Narcissistic personalities typically seek treatment only when their sense of specialness or invincibility is threatened through a major life crisis…. “”
“To love like Christ, there is no room for self-love. Well, one cannot embrace oneself and have one’s arms outstretched to embrace her neighbor at the same time. Love for self exists, only because God loves His creation. Thus, we care for what He has created. To go beyond this, one becomes a Narcissus, who loves his own reflection when opportunity for greater, more enduring Love, stands by weeping. Philosophies and mindsets, antithetical to the mind of Christ, are not only innate to the flesh but are satanic expressions of the world system. These narcissistic mindsets or worldviews are doors through which the demonic operates, influencing the minds of men thus directing the rhythm of life. Only demonic people still are mainly self centered Recall the ancient myth of Narcissus. The lovely boy catches sight of his countenance in a pool and falls enamored of himself. But he does not then leave the pool to boast of himself wherever he can, as foolish and proud as that might be. Instead, he loses all genuine connection between himself and other living creatures by perpetually admiring his reflection. Narcissism does not expand the soul, but rather contracts it …”
1 Corinthians 5
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
2 Corinthians 6
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And what is your false excuse in still dealing with the bad persons? There is none!
1 Corinthians 3:21 “Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;”
2 Corinthians 4:5 “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
John 7:18 “He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.”
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
Galatians 6:14 “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:8-12